I recently moved back in with my parents and started working full-time, which is just the long way of saying I became a typical 20-something. It is really weird adjusting to being accountable to others; I now have to let people know if I am going to be out of town or not make it home for dinner, or at all that evening. I am really fortunate because I have an amazing set of parents who enjoy my company enough to let me hang around and use their cable and internet and eat all their food (I honestly think they’re only letting my stick around because I let them use my Netflix account).
This is my first month as a contributing member of society, which means I have to start doing some new adult things. Like making a budget, sticking to said budget, putting money in a 401k (WHAT?!), and exercising and eating better. I never fully grasped social security and taxes, all I understood from my jobs in high school and college was that money was being taken from me, I still don’t understand why they need to take SO MUCH, but I am trying to learn more about taxes and social security and retirement plans (the keyword there is trying). I also now fully understand that I am not as young as I once was (this is funny because I am VERY young in society’s eyes). What I mean by this is that now that I am on a strict sleep schedule, when I stay up late/go out/have a few too many drinks, the price I pay the next morning is so much worse than it was a year ago. I’m sure some of you are shaking your heads telling me that I have no idea what I am talking about and that one day I will want to be back in my twenties (but if you are one of those people that believes high school was the best time of your life – I will not listen to a thing you have to say because you are a liar), and you maybe be right, but at this moment in time I like to go to bed at 10 p.m., and if you want me to stay up past that time, there better be a very good ROI on whatever activity is being planned (like Scandal Thursdays, Scandal is always worth it).
Also, can someone please explain investing to me? Like, I understand WHY I should do it, but I also want to buy things… Like an iPadAir, an iPhone, shoes, airfare to go visit friends and places (can we count those things as investments in myself… that’s a thing, right?).
Anyway, what I am trying to say is: My life has changed… a lot. I love it though; everything I have experienced has been new and different, but exciting. I finally feel like the adult my parents have been telling me to act like for the past 8 years! I think there is something to be said about this year, the first year after college. It’s a strange year. People change, you change, attitudes change, things that used to be important no longer matter, ideas become bigger – better, priorities switch, you learn… that’s the biggest thing. You learn so much after school is over, you never stop learning. Ever.
Never, ever think that you stop learning. You just stop having a structured class environment, but people, people are always learning. If someone doesn’t want to learn, that is the first person that you should stop associating yourself with.
I guess that’s where I stand. Life changes, all the time, and in different ways for everyone. Have you gone through a recent change?